At one point in my life I lived in West Orange, NJ and the muni there was Francis Byrne. The one hole there they replaced the green turning a 440 yd hole into a 350 yard hole. The old green was kept in nice shape. Down at the clubhouse was a little practice green...Average 30 guys working that little thing. Could hardly get a putt to go without hitting a ball....Now for that Adage "Act like you own it till somebody says otherwise" That green had a little cart path that meandered to the road. I'd drive up it park my car pull out my bag and practice, Sand shots, chips, pitches and putts for hours. I was the only person to do this for an entire summer there....1981...That was so sweet. Went from 7cap to 3cap that summer.
As a new golfer[original poster] it wouldn't hurt to have a short game lesson and you will build a repoire with the pro/assistant...It's a good way to start out. Good Luck